Additional Resources

Reference staff have compiled a list of resources to assist patrons during this difficult time and will continue to update as more become available. Please fill out this form to notify staff if any links are broken or have changed. 

Food Support
General Assistance
  • 211 Lake County
    • Call 211 or text 898211 for assistance 24/7 with any type of health and human services issue.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
    • The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship.
  • Benefits.gov Coronavirus Resources
    • Coronavirus FAQs and assistance provided through the Federal Government
  • FindHelp
    • Enter your zip code and receive a comprehensive list of free & low-cost programs to help with a wide range of issues from food support, paying bills, healthcare, childcare, and many more.
  • IDES: COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits
    • ​Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible.
  • Lake County Resources to Get Help
    • Find important information and resources in Lake County to help you, your family, or organization during this unprecedented time
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
    • The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. These grants will be made on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability of funds.
  • State of Illinois COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
    • On April 11th, Governor Pritzker announced the creation of Call4Calm, an emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

      Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0.

      To receive support in Spanish, individuals can text “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.

      Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.

      Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how to navigate and access supports, and services offered by the state.

  • State of Illinois Resources for Economic Assistance
  • State of Illinois Resources for Families and Children
    • Resources from the State of Illinois relating to child care during the COVID-19 crisis.
Internet Access
Job Support
Small Business Support
Staying Active
  • Mather Telephone Topics
    • With Telephone Topics, you simply call a toll-free number to listen to a wide range of interesting discussions and programs. From wellness to education to music!
  • YMCA 360
    • Online exercise programs for all ages!
Student Resources
Tax Information
  • AARP Tax Aide
    • All AARP tax-aide sites have been suspended until further notice. Please visit this site or call 1-888-227-7669 for updates on the status of tax aide sites.
  • IDOR COVID-19 Information for Taxpayers
    • The Illinois Department of Revenue has established this web page to provide information and resources to help Illinois taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus.
  • IRS Corona Virus Tax Relief
    • The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.